𝙼𝚊𝚡𝚁𝚘𝚋𝚋𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚆𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚜 *STOP RESISTING* @MaximillianFar4@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit I've got an #askagent question! Would you advise querying for multiple books at once? I've got 2 finished #CrimeFiction lit novels I wrote in prison, related by theme but not a series, and I wonder should I query each separately, or together as 'novels of ex-con journalist Max R'
Becca @AuthorBeccaDay#askagent @bookendslit I've noticed a lot of first person present tense in thrillers and crime recently. Do you have any preference on POV or tense? Does it depend on genre or just how well it is written?
I think many readers like that sense of immediacy that 1st person present gives you, which works especially well in something like a thriller. Personally, it's my least favorite and not something I tend to gravitate to. But that's the super subjective business we're in! #askagent
Athena Lambrou🦉🎃💀😈 @AthenaLambrou#askagent is it appropriate to re-query agents with an old shelved MS which you completely changed? I’m talking about major world-building/character/plot changes, even changing age category, only leaving in a very basic original premise.
NaNoWriMoranth @nevertheroseIf I'm getting a lot of "this isn't quite right for my list" rejections, does that mean my query is fine and I just haven't found the right person, or is that a nice way to say it actually needs work? #askagent
Joanne Machin is querying! @heyjomachinI *think* I have a basic understanding of it as a writer—but I’d love additional input. “Voice” has been so huge in everything I read re:pub. What is your best answer to what exactly is “voice?” #AskAgent
KAClaytor @KAClaytorWhat are agents thoughts on representing overseas authors?#AskAgent
Mattie Noall @MattieNoallDo you like it if a writer tells you of other projects they have in the works too? #AskAgent
Jessica Alvarez @AgentJessicaA@JillEWarner I’m not the only one—@RachMBrooks, @BookEndsKim and @wensday95 also rep them, though they can all tell you how actively they’re looking. I tend to prefer Regencies and Victorians, but I’m open to other time periods. #AskAgent 1/2
Caroline Bertaud @BertaudCaroline@bookendslit #AskAgent I’ve heard agents prioritize—or are more interested in —debut authors whose novels are part of a series, is that true?
Certainly not for me, but I can't speak for every agent. Sure, it's great if you're able to sell 5 books vs selling 1, but that's no guarantee even if the author is writing a series so it doesn't factor in my decision making. If I love the book, I love the book. #askagent
Shelly Campbell @ShellyCFineArtIf a publisher has made an offer on a book currently subbed out to agents, is an email with subject line of: publication offer made on ‘title of manuscript’ sufficient to bring it to the agent’s attention? #AskAgent
Jennifer Vanderputten 🌊✒️📔💻 @JenVanderputten@bookendslit #AskAgent If an author has a book published by a small press & wants to get an agent for the next MS, is there an expectation to give the small press the first chance on it? Like agents get first chance on a client's next MS? I don't know the etiquette 😳
If you have a contract with an option clause in it, then read that clause carefully. You may have a contractual obligation to show them the next book, depending on how the clause is worded. If not, then you should be under no obligation to show them further work. #askagent
Amanda Jain @wensday95@SedrieDanielle @BookEndsJessica It might help to take a look at the cover copy on books you feel are similar to yours, ie those with large casts of characters, to see how they're getting the book across? #askagent
Sédrie Danielle @SedrieDanielle@wensday95 @BookEndsJessica I know I leave out A LOT in my queries because I only have 500 words to be convincing. I know I can do it. I'm just tired of being rejected lol. so I'm regrouping a bit. Thank you for answering me! 😊
Sédrie Danielle @SedrieDanielle@BookEndsJessica Hi Jessica! After being rejected by agents and publishers, I began using betas to see if it was likeable. Everyone who has read my book loves it, but I can't seem to get the powers that be to read it. Do agents read past the queries if they don't like them? #askagent
Hard to say for sure without seeing it, but it may be one of two problems. A) The query itself isn't strong enough at getting your story across / hooking an agent's interest, or B) The premise itself is something that agents aren't feeling is marketable right now. #askagent
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@DMandzz @bookendslit @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix I don't always read the pages. In fact, I'd say for most I don't. But I wouldn't say my decision is based on a bad query. Usually it's an idea I don't resonate with #askagent